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“This is not like embedding with the Marines in Fallujah. It is like you are taking your family with you to Fallujah.”
— ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl, quoted by National Journal, on covering indoor Trump rallies.
“President Trump’s campaign, the Republican Party and two affiliated committees, have spent more than $1 billion since 2017, a record-breaking sum spent toward a reelection effort at this point in the presidential campaign,” the Washington Post reports.
“President Trump’s reelection campaign is planning to drop $10 million to advertise during the Super Bowl, the start of a massive election-year spending spree that will intensify over the coming months,” Politico reports.
“Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate. But he’s still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake,” Politico reports. “In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies.”
“The Republican National Committee spent about $2.2 million last month on legal fees, new financial filings show, boosting the overall tab for lawyers paid by the party, the Trump campaign and a legal defense fund to about $17 million since President Trump took office,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“President Trump has topped $100 million in fundraising for his 2020 reelection bid — an enormous haul for a president barely two years into his first term,” the Washington Post reports. “Trump pulled in more than $18 million last quarter through his campaign committee and two joint fundraising committees with the Republican National Committee, for a total of at least $106 million since January 2017, according to his campaign and federal filings.”
President Trump’s campaign team has run more than 4,400 ads on the president’s personal Facebook page since May 7, CNN reports. The page has more than 24 million followers. The data was obtained through Facebook’s new ad tracking tool, which allows users to see political ads run on the platform in the United States.
This was not a secret running up to the election! The president-elect in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on, and confirm our conspiracy theories.’ You had what was very clear relationships between members of the president-elect’s campaign team and Russians, and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues.
— President Obama, drawing a direct line between President-elect Donald Trump’s team and Russia’s attempt to sway the presidential election, the Daily Beast reports.